Be a Hero Save a Hemlock Tree

Be a Hero Save a Hemlock Tree

Jim Scheff of Kentucky Heartwood stood next to a towering hemlock tree in Angel Hollow in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Laurel County. Hemlock trees in other states have been devastated by infestations of the adelgid. Kentucky is trying to prevent the same fate.
(photo credit Andy Mead

Hope for Hemlocks is a project of Kentucky Heartwood a Commonwealth’s public lands protection group. They seek to protect and restore the integrity, stability, and beauty of Kentucky’s native forests and biotic communities through research, education, advocacy, and community engagement. Eastrn Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) a tree of enourmous ecological importance and breathtaking beauty. Hemlocks in the east, including Kentucky, are being decimated by an invasive insect, the hemlock wooley adelgid (Adelges tsugae). Thousands of acres of hemlock forests on  public and private land have already been destroyed but this isn’t the end of the story.

History of the Name Hemlock
A distinct two word scientific name is given to every species of living thing on the planet. These names are often derived from descriptions of the organism in Latin, but not always. The scientific name for the Eastern hemlock, Tsuga canadensis​, is one of these exceptions. The French botanist Élie-Abel Carrière (above, right) chose the Japanese name for hemlock, Tsuga (栂), to be the first part of the scientific name of the Eastern hemlock and all its cousins around the world.  In Eastern North America we have two hemlocks: Eastern hemlock, Tsuga canadensis, and the much more rare Carolina hemlock, Tsuga caroliniana. Both are threatened with extinction by the hemlock wooly adelgid. We need your help to continue the work we’re doing to save these trees.

You Could be the Next Hero
Join Hope for Hemlocks to assist finding the history and science of the hemlocks and adelgids. Preserving hemlocks for generations to come. They will be treating trees in a corridor along the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail near Vanhook Falls in London-Laurel County Kentucky. Volunteers will measure and mark trees while licensed applicators apply the chemical insecticide imidacloprid.

Vanhook Falls:  January 29, 2020  and February 1, 2020 starting 9am-5pm.
Register to Volunteer 

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